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Companies need to furnish new staff details online to EPFO from October

Companies need to furnish new staff details online to EPFO from October

Finance
NEW DELHI: The formal sector employers will be required to intimate about the details of their new employees online to retirement fund body EPFO from October 1, 2017, an EPFO official said today.The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has decided to do away with filing of Form-9, a declaration by a person (employee) taking up employment in an establishment in which Employees' Pension Scheme is in force, a senior official said.This Form-9 is filed by the formal sector employers manually at present to intimate about their new employees.The body has taken this step in the wake of rapid computerisation in EPFO as an initiative towards Electronic Paper Free Organisation.The official said that since employee master (roll) is available in the system containing all relevant details of th...
What to know about the new BRCA genetic mutation test

What to know about the new BRCA genetic mutation test

Health
A new genetic testing kit that hits the market today is the most affordable, and arguably one of the simplest, ways for women to find out if they have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Here is what women should know about BRCA gene mutation testing, including how it works, who should actually consider getting it and the new convenient test that one woman already credits for helping detect her cancer early. The two BRCA genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2) normally help protect women from cancer, however, some women may have mutations to their BRCA genes, which can actually lead to cancer, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If untreated, women with a BRCA gene mutation are seven times more likely to get breast cancer, and 30 times more likely to get ovaria...
Ryanair publishes full list of cancellations

Ryanair publishes full list of cancellations

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRyanair has published full details of which of its flights are being cancelled between now and 28 October.Customers whose flights have been axed will also receive an email, chief executive Michael O'Leary has said.The budget airline is cancelling 40-50 flights every day for the next six weeks, after it admitted it had "messed up" the planning of pilot holidays.Mr O'Leary said most people would be transferred to an alternative Ryanair flight on the same day.If not, they would be moved to flights the day before or the day after, and the airline would meet its obligations over compensation.Details of all the cancelled flights are available on the Ryanair website. More than 200 of the cancelled flights are either into or out of London Stansted, with ...
Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Technology
Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia. Snapchat said it was asked by the Saudi authorities to remove the Qatari-backed broadcaster's Discover Publisher Channel because it violated local laws.Qatar is in an ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. The four countries cut ties with Qatar earlier this year, accusing the country of supporting terrorism. Saudi Arabia has one of the world's most restrictive media environments, according to human rights groups and media freedom advocates. But the Saudi authorities have a particular dislike for Al Jazeera. At one point they had demanded Qatar's government shut it down altogether as one of 13 conditions to remove sanctions against the country.Those conditions were later withdra...
Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions

Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions

Science
Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Scientists at Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have determined that new star formation is influenced by local environmental conditions.According to the classical model, a star is formed when a prestellar core, a roundish accumulation containing 99 percent gas and 1 percent dust, collapses due to overweight, resulting in the formation of a star in the center of the collapse. This is followed by the formation of a disk of gas and dust rotating around said star."This is the star's protoplanetary disk, and planets are thought to be formed in such disks -- planet Earth being no exception," Michael Küffmeier, astrophysicist at the institute, said in a press release.Researchers from the institute carried out computer simulations of the formation of hundreds o